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BioTek Marine BTM3000 Saltwater Submersible Sensor Wand

BioTek Marine PAR Sensor Wand

To see our BTM3000 product video please click the title of this article and the video link will be displayed.

The new BioTek Marine BTM3000 Saltwater Submersible Sensor Wand mounts directly to the BioTek Marine sensor head and are now being offered at Aquarium Specialty and soon expect to see them available at other online retailers in the very near future.  The BioTek Marine PAR sensor wand is designed to work with the BTM3000 PAR Sensor head and it is also completely compatible with all Apogee radiation sensors such as the popular MQ200 PAR Meter.  For more information including pricing please visit here or you can also visit BioTek Marine.


  • 33" long (84 cm)
  • Saltwater Safe
  • Compatible with BioTek Marine BTM3000 Sensor and Apogee radiation sensors
  • Fiberglass Construction
  • padded handle
  • Won't Rust
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QuietDrive Vortech pump to be formally announced next week.  Stay tuned.  Could it be a solid state dry side pump and new quieter wet side?  For a little more info on this visit:

Votech Quite Drive

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The new Multi Light Ecotech Marine Radion Mounting System (RMS) is the most versitle way to mount multiple Radion XR30, XR30 Pro and XR15PRO LED lights over aquariums up to 90.5" long.  For all the details about the new system please keep reading or click here to see everything including more product photos and pricing for this highly anticipated mounting system.

Ecotech Marine Radion RMS Mounting System


About the RMA Mounting System:

Multi Light RMS

The multi-light RMS offers a customizable multi light mount solution for Radion XR30, XR30PRO & Radion XR15 lights. The multi-light RMS system features include:

  • Built-in cable management
  • Compatible with rimmed, rimless, and eurobraced tanks
  • Extremely rigid and light
  • Anodized Aluminum Finish
  • Flexible slide mounts allow for you to move and rotate your Radion position to perfectly illuminate your corals
  • Mounts Radions optimally at approximately 7 inches 18cm above glass
Flexible Design to Fit Your Needs

Because the multi-light RMS is a modular system, you can choose the components that fit your needs. To build a mount you will need a set of arms, the right rail for your tank and the number and model of light mounts that fit your setup.

It’s as simple as A,B and C.

Ecotech Marine Radion RMS Mounting System

Rails In All Lengths

Aquariums come in all shapes and sizes. To accommodate the vast majority of commercially available and custom aquariums the RMS multi-light rails start at 20.5 inches and increase in 10 inch increments to 90.5 inch. The multi-light RMS allows for adjustment of the rail with respect to the arms – meaning th...

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BioTek Marine SQ420 PAR Sensor

Can you guess what new product Biotek Marine has working on lately by looking at the above picture?  Well, if you guessed a new BioTek Marine USB BTM-3000 PAR Sensor with Aquarium Specific Software then you would be correct.  In the very near future BioTek Marine will be launching the new USB PAR sensor into the market.  The BioTek Marine PAR sensor is the result of a collaboration which began about a year ago when Scott Groseclose from Aquarium Specialty reached out to Apogee Instruments with an idea to co-develop a USB PAR sensor geared towards aquarists.  Apogee began to research and develop the new chip design while BioTek Marine specified the software requirements.  If you find yourself asking "how is it different from the Apogee MQ200 PAR Meter?", then READ ON......  

Here is a sneak peak of the product and some of its features:

Like the more expensive MQ200 model, the new BioTek Marine USB PAR model will offer data logging.  However, BioTek Marine has included some other nifty software features not available in the MQ200. Due to the current stage of development, the details on those features will be discussed in a later article.  The PAR sensors will be laser etched with the BioTek Marine name and they will come standard with a 15 foot USB cable.  The firmware will be be downloadable to any PC or MAC (MAC firmware coming soon) device and the firmware and updates will be downloadable from the Aquarium Specialty website.  

The first 3 production models will be going to Jake...

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BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks

BioTek Marine Filter Socks

You rarely see a blog article about filter socks, however, the new BioTek Marine nylon filter socks offer a huge advantage over standard felt type filter socks.  These filter socks are easier to use and offer long-term economy over their felt-type counterparts, even though they cost slightly more on the front end. So let's discuss the BioTek Marine advantages.

The most notable advantage is longevity.

BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks are Longer Lasting: You may expect these nylon socks to last for dozens of cleanings before they need to be discarded and replaced.  Unlike standard felt-type filter socks that typically only last for 3-4 cleanings, BioTek Marine filter socks can be reused dozens of times before needing to be replaced.

Next advantage, cleanability.

BioTek Marine Nylon Filter Socks are much easier to clean: Standard felt-type socks are difficulty to thoroughly clean.  Typically, when a standard filter sock is cleaned, it must be rinsed in a dish washer or washing machine to get them cleaned well enogh to use them again.  This can be a stinky process that will make you unpopular aound the house.  Also, running the dish washer or washing machine uses additional energy in these times when we are all trying to do our part for the lanet (not to mention our wallets).  BioTek Marine Nylon Filter socks can easily be rinsed out in a sink or with a garden hose in just a minute or two, and returned to the sump for reuse.

Finally the value factor.


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Nano Fusion

Innovative Marine announces the launch of its new 18 watt Skkye LED lights in tandem with the line of 10 and 20 gallon Fusion Nano aquariums.  The newly designed 18 watt Skkye LED fixtures are designed to complement the Fusion Nano Series and feature 90 degree angles as opposed to the curved brackets on their earlier 4,6 and 8 watt fixtures.  In addition to the sleek new look, the fabrication has incorporated a premium looking polished aluminum housing which replaces the earlier plastic composition. Aquarium Specialty will have these lights and combo packages available as soon as Innovative Marine ships its initial product to dealers.  For more info on Innovative Marine Skkye lights, please visit this link.

Fusion 20 Nano

Fusion 10 Nano

The 10 gallon Fusion Nano tank/light combo is priced out at $199 and the 20 gallon Fusion Nano tank/lights (2 each) combo will be priced at $399.  The Fusion Nano 10 Gallon tank without the Skkye Light sells for $99.00 while the 20 Gallon tank sells for $199.00.  For more on Innovative Marine aquariums visit here.

From the Innovative Marine Website:


Pair off your Fusion Nano with the new stylishly slim SKKYE Light 18 watt LED clamp. Specifically designed for the Fusion Nano 10 & 20, this clamp light may also be used with other rimless aquariums for a space saving form factor and pure minimalism. Each clamp boasts 6 x 3 watt LEDs (3 x 10K and 3 x 456nm) that gives the Clamp 18 a powerful 18 watt light output. Alternating LED color pattern blend...

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Innovative Marine Fusion Nano 10 & 20 Gallon Aquariums

To see the Fusion Nano Video, click the headline.

We are pleased to announce that Innovative Marine is releasing smaller sized Fusion aquariums.  The new aquariums will be called Nuvo Fusion Nano and we expect retail orders to begin shipping by the 2nd week of August.  Like it's bigger brothers, the Fusion Nano all-in-one aquariums feature a rear filtration compartment for a heater, Ghost skimmer, All-In-One Biopellet Reactor and return pump (included).  Aquarium Specialty has made it extremely easy to order additional compatible Fusion Nano equipment such as lighting, heaters, filtration and other accessories.

Fusion Nano aquariums feature low iron glass and are carefully assembled to look great in any home or office environment.  We expect these to be extremely popular aquariums for the foreseeable future.  For detailed information about the new Fusion Nano aquariums we suggest you visit here for the Fusion Nano 10 gallon and here for the Fusion Nano 20 gallon aquarium.

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BioTek Marine Ceramic Reef Rock

Aquarium Specialty is pleased to announce a new line of reef-ready ceramic rock to it's expanding line of BioTek Marine products.

Each piece of reef-ready ceramic rock is carefully hand sculpted by experienced artisans.  BioTek Marine ceramic rock does not need curing.  Simply add it to your aquarium and it will begin colonizing coraline algae and probiotic bacteria along with your favorite corals.  Unlike some other ceramic rock options on the market, BioTek Marine Ceramic Rock has plenty of surface area and hiding places for fish, shrimp and more cryptic aquarium inhabitants.

BioTek Marine Ceramic Rock is available in sculptured cave and shelf style pieces in various sizes.  Since each piece is hand-made, you may expect slight varations in shapes and sizes from the stock depictions of this product.  For pricing, sizing and several more product images, please visit here.  Now Biotek Marine has two eco-friendly options for aquascaping your reef aquariums with it's Dry Reef Rock and Ceramic Reef Rock.  

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Aquarium Specialty announces new product offerings in it's online catalog.  Recently,  Doctor Eco Systems, the makers of high quality fish, coral and invertebrate foods asked us to consider carrying their coral, inverebrate and fish foods.  After careful study, Aquarium Specialty is pleased to offer these new products.  The following is a review of one of these products known as Doc's Eco Eggs.

Dr Eco Systems Super Eggs


Doc's Eco Eggs are super high in protein-brined fish roe which contains a high fat content including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for your fish and corals.  Made from a high quality brined-fish roe which has been shown to send corals and fish into a feeding frenzy.  A benefit of this product  is that it can be shipped via regular UPS/FedEx with no need for refrigeration until it is actually opened for use by the consumer.  

The manufacturer reccomends not to overfeed Doc's Eco Eggs or you might have a protein skimmer.  RLSS DC controllable protein skimmers offer a 30 minute feed timer button as do many of the Reef Octopus models so we reccomened pushing the 30 minute feed timer button when using a lot of the food at one time.

Doctor Eco Systems recommends breaking up the egg mass in a cup of water prior to feeding your aquarium, but you may also squeeze some  directly onto your finger and add it directly to the aquarium. The egg gel tends to stay together longer, allowing large fish and larger LPS corals to ingest larger globs of the food. Small fish and corals benefit more from break...

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The new Ecotech Marine Radion XR15wPRO is here

Radion XR15wPRO

We are pleased to announce that the Radion XR30 will be getting a new little brother! EcoTech Marine has been working tirelessly to create a new, smaller Radion LED to compliment the highly successful XR30w. The Radion XR15wPRO features the same great spectrum, same features and same warranty as the XR30wPRO. With one cluster, half the wattage, a 24" coverage area, and a lower price point, the XR15wPRO is the perfect solution for small to medium-sized tanks where the full output of the XR30w platform is not necessary.

Shipping now!




Q: How do I pre-order and when will the fixtures begin shipping?

A: Ecotech Marine expects to begin shipping out orders by mid July and it takes 2 days for the time Ecotech ships to arrive at Aquarium Specialty.  In stock now - click here.


Q: What is the MRP of the XR15wPRO?

A: $449USD


Q: What is the coverage of an XR15wPRO?

A: 2x2ft. 


Q: Why is the spread almost as much as an XR30 model light?

A: Spread is more of a factor of optics than wattage or clusters. The XR15wPRO comes with Wide Angle TIR Optics installed standard so the spread from one cluster is not much less than the spread from two clusters located inches apart on an XR30. What is different however is the PAR at the same % output. You will achieve less PAR with an XR15wPRO versus an an XR30 model. The XR15wPRO is ideal for the many commercially available shallow tanks where PAR at depth is not necessary.


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